Helena child continues to recover after being hit by falling tree


HELENA, Ala. (WIAT) — An 11-year-old boy continues to make progress after he was injured by a falling tree outside the family’s Helena home.

People around the world have been praying for Hector Caucutt, a fifth grader at Evangel Classical Christian School.

“As soon as the accident started happening, I started praying, and we haven’t really stopped,” said Thomas Caucutt, the child’s father.

Caucutt said he and his son were in the backyard clearing out some dead trees when one fell in an unexpected direction.

“When that tree went down and I didn’t see him, or hear him cheering, which is what he would have been doing, I knew something was wrong, and it had fallen towards him,” Thomas Caucutt said.

Thomas Caucutt told his other sons to get their mother to call 911. Hector was flown to Children’s of Alabama with life-threatening injuries.

His mother Gabrielle admits that originally she wasn’t sure if her son would make it through the night.

“I have a friend who works at southern heritage and I thought well I’ll call him, and set up a funeral, and I’ve never done that before, and so that’s what I thought I was coming to do, so I didn’t even bring anything the first night, because i didn’t think I was going to stay,” said Gabrielle Caucutt.

After the family asked for prayers, they received an outpouring of support from across the world. They shared a photo that shows several cards and notes for Hector. With help from doctors, Hector is now able to open his eyes and has some movement.

“The way that they are just throwing every resource they have at solving these problems and saving lives, they are immitating God, because that is what God is like the way that he throws every resource at a problem in order to save lives,” Tom Caucutt said.

Tonight the family is full of hope that their loved one will fully recover. They’re also thankful for the support and ecnouragement that helped get them here.

“I couldn’t imagine being here without knowing there are people praying for us and loving us,” said Gabrielle Caucutt.

The family told CBS 42 that Hector moved rooms again Wednesday and is another step closer in his rehabilitation, but still has a long road ahead.

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